Research Matters

By Research Matters | Recent & latest research based news stories & highlights in science, engineering, technology & humanities in India.

Lessons from a solar flare -- a tale of flares, fans and waves on the Sun

The 7th of September, 2017 was unlike any other. The skies over some parts of the northern hemisphere were lit up with auroras. Radio communication …

Physics

A boon or a bane? A glimpse on food processing on World Food Day

Human beings, in their brief history, started off as hunter–gatherers hunting animals and birds, or collecting fruits and nuts to eat. They then …

Agriculture

Food that is wasted is more than just food wasted

From the day we are born to the day we bid bye to this Earth, food is always an integral part of our daily life. But how much do we eat and how much …

Sustainability

The missing mass -- what is causing a geoid low in the Indian Ocean?

The Earth’s interior is still a mystery to us. While we have sent missions to probe the outer reaches of our Solar system, the deepest boreholes on …

Indian Ocean

The Haemoglobin Gene

Ever wondered about the genes that produces blood in the human body? Haemoglobin in our blood is produced by the haemoglobin beta gene (HBB) and the …

Genetics

How to be a Fig – An engaging and educative presentation of science

At the beginning of the performance of ‘How to be a Fig’, the choreographer Veena Basavarajaiah announced a special instruction to the audience …

Scientific Research

Combating Poaching with Technology

May it be the Hindu deity Ganesha, or the troop of bonnet macaques raiding urban settlements, wildlife has a great impact on India’s culture and way …

Wildlife

Timeline of IISc, IITs and IISERs

For over a century, India has nutured a host of science and technology based institutions. We capture the timeline of these institutions as they were …

India

Prevention is better than Cure: World Rabies Day, 2017

On a warm summer day, a few centuries ago in a tiny hamlet in France, tragedy struck. A young boy was severely mauled by a dog. To make matters …

Medicine

Bioinformatics study reveals key processes in cancer cell mobility

Biology, a vast discipline, is today no longer restricted to studying living organisms in the wild, or working with cells and protein solutions in …

Cancer

Rethinking Diabetes : What if glucose and insulin were not central pieces required to solve the puzzle called ‘diabetes’?

India as a nation is no stranger to the epidemic of diabetes. Most of us would know of someone in our extended group of family and friends, who is …

Diabetes

Modulating the properties of biomaterials to better suit bone tissue engineering and drug delivery applications

The need for effective and rapid bone regeneration treatments is crucial now more than ever, due to the ever-rising number of bone defects and …

Tissue Engineering

Scientists, be careful; your socio behavioural learnings might make you biased

Although science is based on a definite set of principles, it is ultimately propelled by the human mind. Scientists might not be aware of it, but …

Research

“How to be a Fig” - A cross-over of conservation science and movement

Because this is a monsoon poem<br>expect to find the words jasmine<br>palmyra, Kuruntokai, red; mangoes<br>in reference to trees; paddy<br>fields, peacocks, Kurinji …

Ecology

Satellite images show green cover of Bangalore reducing alarmingly fast

Bangalore of the yesteryears was a city of gardens; cool, pleasant and green. In addition to the 2000+ species of trees -- some natural and some …

Scientists study drug resistance to kala azar using hamsters

Kala azar or more specifically visceral leishmaniasis is a disease endemic to india. It is caused by protozoan parasites belonging to the genus</i> …

Living with parasites: A Himalayan tale of birds, mosquitoes and malaria

People living in tropical countries are no strangers to malaria – a tropical disease caused by parasites and spread through mosquitoes. Malaria is a …

A Photographic Guide to Endemic Woody Plants of the Western Ghats launched

If pictures say a thousand words, what would a collection of hundreds of pictures say? A fascinating chronicle indeed! That’s what Dr. Navendu Page’s …

An insight into the gift of sight

From lush green forests to snow filled mountains, the colorful rainbow, the flowing stream, the brilliant feather of the birds -- all these are …

Scientists uncover the genetics behind neurogenesis in Planaria

Mythological stories around the world have mentions of evil multi-headed monsters. Be it the Raavana of the Ramayana, or the Cerberus of the Greek …

Helping farmers dispose off agricultural residues better

India is a country whose population largely depends on agriculture, with 50% of its population being employed in agriculture, and revenue from …

Rooting out the rote -- How should science be taught?

‘Energy is the ability to do work’, proclaimed a voice and about 40 of us nodded our heads and repeated this aphorism. If you paused and asked what …

A technique that both diagnose and potentially treat cancer.

Cancer, described as the ‘emperor of all maladies’ by Siddharth Mukherjee’s book by the same name, is a disease which needs no introduction. …

Soil health improves with organic farming in long and short terms, shows study

When we think of nature at its vibrant best, our tendency is to think of tall trees, charismatic mammals, reptiles or a coral reef. The ground …

Earthen Pots

Earthen pots or matkas have been used to store and cool water since time immemorial. But how do they keep water cool?<p>The answer lies in evaporation. …

Mitochondria in fruit fly embryogenesis: Round, dynamic and active

Over a trillion cells work round the clock with remarkable accuracy and precision to keep us healthy and happy. How do these cells – our building …

New underground dwelling frog species discovered in the Western Ghats, India

A new species of frog has been discovered in the Western Ghats, in India, thanks to a collaborative study by researchers - S. Jegath Janani, …

Scientists use DNA barcoding to study farm pests

Thrips is the common name given to insects belonging to the order Thysanoptera. These tiny insects are seen in aggregates on various plant parts. …

Study evaluates the research performance of IIT’s

The Indian Institute of Technology’s (IIT) are autonomous public institutions of higher education, offering undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral …